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This morning the KinderPals joined the rest of the school to view a play called “Mistatim”. The story of Mistatim is about a boy named Calvin, his horse, Mistatim, who he is trying to “break” and a girl named Speck. A wooden fence separates Calvin’s family property from the reservation that Speck lives on. Even though they live so close together, Calvin and Speck are from different worlds. The themes emerging from this play are those of needing to respect and empathize with one another. A very brief mention of the horrors of residential schools occurs in the play, so please be aware, in case one of the KinderPals has questions about that. We spoke about the play after seeing it, and most of the children were enthralled with the actor who played Mistatim. I tried to put into kid language the ideas presented and simplified it in that we need to always treat others with kindness…the way we would want to be treated. 

Our Final Visit with Baby Truett and Remembering What We’ve Learned

Our time with The Roots of Empathy program has come to an end, so we are remembering back to Baby Truett’s final visit and all that we learned from him as we watched him develop.

Some pictures from our last visit with Baby Truett:

We saw Truett express all sorts of emotions. We saw him cry when he was sad. We saw him smile when he was happy. We saw him get excited about seeing a new toy. We watched him sit up and crawl. Truett was happy and proud of himself when he learned new things.

We talked about how we feel when we learn new things. We are all proud of ourselves when we accomplish something new.

We remembered about how to keep a baby safe. We know to keep knives away from babies. We know to keep dangerous things out of reach of babies. We know to keep babies away from fires by putting a fence around the fireplace. We keep small toys off the floor so that babies don’t put them in their mouths and choke on them.

We learned that a crying baby is not a bad baby, it is trying to communicate its needs. A crying baby might need some milk. we can help by giving the baby milk. A crying baby might be tired. We can help by putting him to bed. A crying baby might want his toy. We can help by giving him his toy. A crying baby might have a dirty diaper. We can help by changing his diaper. A crying baby might be hungry. We can help by giving the baby food. A baby might be trying to do something, but gets frustrated and starts to cry. We can help the baby do whatever is frustrating for them.

We learned so much from the Roots of Empathy program! Thank you Mr. Robertson, Baby Truett and Baby Truett’s mommy for teaching us this year!

We Are All Important

Everyone is important. We all have special things about us. We shared the things that we thought were important about us, and made an “Important Chain”.

We sang a song called “I’m Important” to the tune of Frere Jacque.

I’m important

I’m important

Yes I am

Yes I am

Very important

Very important

Yes I am

Yes I am

We all need to remember that we are important!

Mr. Robertson read us the story Whoever You Are by Mem Fox. 

People all over the world, even though they live far away, feel the same things that we feel. Even though we may live in different places, have different houses or eat different foods, all people in the world are very much alike in our needs and emotions.

Baby Truett Is Getting Bigger!

Baby Truett came to visit today! He is growing big and strong. He now has six teeth and was using a teething ring to help his teeth come through his gums. He was upset when he first came in the room, but his mommy picked him up, gave him a cuddle and a kiss, and he felt better.

Truett is starting to go up on all fours, but he is not yet crawling. Mr. Robertson gave him a squishy roll to play with and he liked touching and exploring it to learn about it. He really liked touching the zipper.

Baby Truett’s mommy helped him to stand. He really liked playing with the top of the roll. He smiled a lot!

Truett is learning object permanence. Mr. Robertson showed Truett a toy, then hid it in his hand and Truett reached for Mr. Robertson’s hand that held the toy.

Baby Truett likes his brothers’ Pokemon cards. He likes the bright colours, but he also likes them because his brothers have them and he wants them, too.

Baby Truett’s mom said she is excited, but not excited to have Truett start to crawl. Babies need to be watched more carefully so that they stay safe. Being a mommy or daddy is a very important job!

What Makes Us Special?

Each of us is a special person! There are so many things that make us special. There are many special things about Baby Truett, too.

Baby Truett is special because he can: sit up, roll over, pick toys up, eat real food, go on all fours (but he can’t crawl yet), and he is being friendly.

We are special because we can: count to 100, get ourselves dressed, do push-ups, be an artist, use our words to solve problems, read, write, paint, cut with scissors, skip, play hockey, play baseball, skate, play piano and play games.

Mr. Robertson read us the story Another Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. It is about all the important, special things that babies learn as they grow.